About us – the Thorium MSR Foundation
The Thorium MSR Foundation (Stichting Thorium MSR) is the organization behind thmsr.nl. Its aim is to educate people about the use of thorium in molten salt reactor technology, because we believe it can play a vital role in solving today’s energy problems.
The Thorium MSR Foundation was established on January 29, 2016.
According to the statutes of the Foundation, its goal is:
a) to serve as a reliable source of information regarding nuclear technology in general and in particular the use of thorium in molten salt reactors.
b) to perform all further actions, that relate to or contribute to the aforementioned in the broadest sense.
The Foundation strives to realize its goal by using scientifically checked information, critical comparison of sources and maintaining a network of relevant scientists, developers and other experts, by participating in congresses, symposia and the like. The Foundation also wants to bring together initiatives in the field, make information on the subject broadly available, to be a platform for discussion, all in the broadest sense of the word.
About this website
Over the last decade, there has been a worldwide resurgence of interest in the use of thorium Molten Salt Reactors. Given its potential, the founders of the Thorium MSR Foundation think it is of paramount importance that there is a source where reliable, scientifically checked information can be found about these developments.
The purpose of this website is to provide such information: factually accurate, objective, supported by credible sources, and made easy to understand.
In a later stage, we hope to also offer an interactive platform for those who want to learn, to discuss and to participate.
To achieve its goal as described, the Foundation is supported by a scientific council, that thoroughly checks the information to make sure that what is said is compatible with scientific insights and research.
The Scientific Council of the Foundation consists of:
S. de Groot (NRG)
J.L. Kloosterman (TU Delft)
J. Sietsma (TU Delft)
In a later release of this website, we will color-code those parts that have been approved by the members of the council. It is our aim to publish this part of the site in Dutch as well.
For the remainder of this website, which is more dynamic and brings news, background stories and updates on the worldwide developments, the approval procedure is not practical and does not apply. However, the Foundation sees it as her task to provide information that is accurate and reliable. Which means: in the dynamic part we will also do our utmost to provide you with objective and balanced information.
The Foundation presently consists of the three founding board members.
Gijs Zwartsenberg, Chairman
Educated as a philosopher, and working as a trainer in clear thinking and writing for Your Point, my approach of the world’s energy problem is to consider it as a thinking problem. Reading David MacKay’s Sustainable Energy – without the hot air opened my eyes to the magnitude of the confusion. I admire Kant’s famous enlightenment motto ‘dare to think’. Kant encourages everyone to do his or her own thinking. MacKay provided me with the tools to think about energy. Bill Gates: If someone is going to read just one book I would recommend this one.
I took MacKay’s urgent advice and started doing my own calculations. My conclusion: while further development of wind, water and solar energy should be applauded, placing all eggs in that basket is a gamble. Thorium MSR’s hold strong cards to provide our future planet with carbon free energy. An adequate public debate about thorium requires accurate information – we’re doing our utmost to offer such info here on thmsr.nl.
Lucas M. Pool, Secretary
I have a background in renewable energy technology and fully support development of these essential sources of energy. I am also a realist and understand that substituting fossil fuels globally on the scale required is a tremendous task, that may prove too great for renewables alone. It is sensible therefore to develop alternative low carbon energy technology like the thorium Molten Salt Reactor (MSR). As a student I devoted both of my theses to researching MSR technology, and spent much of my free time on the subject as well. After graduation I continued working on the subject in my free time which resulted in the co-organisation of the thorium in molten salt reactors symposium in April 2015, and the establishment of the Thorium Molten Salt Reactor Foundation early 2016. While preparing for the symposium I became aware that the Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) shared my interest in the MSR, which led to a series of assignments as an MSR research consultant.
Jorrit Swaneveld, Treasurer
I was brought up like most people of my generation with the cemented belief that nuclear is unacceptable. Therefore when I met Lucas Pool in university, I was very skeptical when he told me of his research into this new green nuclear technology: thorium. I had always been interested in energy technology so I started reading about thorium during my master’s degree. I became aware that thorium in molten salt reactors could be a valuable technology in achieving a sustainable carbon neutral society, which is something I immensely support. Sparked by my interest in the subject I decided to devote my master thesis on the subject of thorium MSR’s and their technological innovation system. After my graduation I was asked by some of the people I interviewed during my research, to help organize the Thorium in Molten Salt Symposium in 2015. After which I co-founded the Thorium MSR Foundation in 2016 in my spare time. I currently work as a researcher on various economic subjects for Statistics Netherlands (CBS).
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